IN 1985, FIVE PEOPLE MET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, WITH A VERY SIMPLE AGENDA.
They were all engaged in Christian philanthropy and wanted to create a group of like-minded individuals to serve as a resource, a source of spiritual encouragement and a sounding board of peers. They wanted to set aside a time each year to find a safe, neutral place to relax, talk and learn – and to hopefully bring their families. And so The Gathering began.
The mission and purpose of The Gathering has now grown to include our annual conference of a few hundred people across multiple generations, as well as regional get-togethers and ministry trips throughout the year.